July 14, 2017
Pius and I left the Inn at Otter Crest – just north of Newport, Oregon – this morning with the temperature at 57 degrees (14 C)… warm by their standards at this time of year the guy at the desk said. At the end of today’s drive we arrived at the Thunderbird Lodge in Redding, California with the temperature at a toasty 105 (40.5 C). We will wait until it cools off to 100 (37.8 C) before we go to dinner.
It was a beautiful drive along Highway 101 going through forests and along the coast and then back through the forests. There was an enormous amount of trees with lumber mills all around. Huge piles of sawdust with the raw logs going into one end of the plant and pallets of finished wood of different shapes coming out the other end. There were acres of logs floating in “ponds” with some looking fresh and some looking aged… which may be part of the process for certain products.
We try to avoid “touristy” places, and eat only at local restaurants. This morning we stopped for breakfast in Coos Bay, Oregon at the “Blue Moon Café”.
In the evening we ate dinner outside at a restaurant in Redding, California (it had cooled down a little by that time).
Once we turned inland from the coast one of the most significant sights for us was of Mount Shasta sitting in the distance, but still showing its size compared to other mountains nearby. Mount Shasta is located on the southern end of the Cascade range and is an “active” volcano with its last significant activity in the 1700s. It is about 14,300 feet (4,359 M) tall. Today he was wearing a hat of snow. Such a beautiful sight!
Tomorrow we will leave at 7:00 am for Grass Valley and the Empire Mine. This is where John App undoubtedly learned (and helped develop) quartz bearing gold mining techniques when he first arrived in California in 1850. Then we’ll travel east to Donner Pass, Donner camp, and Donner Lake to see… well… what happened there during the winter of 1846-47. Auburn, California is where we will pick up Highway 49 and take that famously scenic drive into Jamestown, California to stay a day with Lois & Jerry O’Day, our cousins, on their OD Ranch. It is a picturesque and historic route which follows the Mother Lode and still hosts towns that at one time were gold mining camps.
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